Is an employee on unpaid parental leave entitled to take accrued annual leave and long service leave at the same time as unpaid parental leave?
Although employees do not accrue annual leave while on unpaid parental leave, they are able to take annual leave that has already accrued.
As you are in Victoria, the Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) will apply. An employee is entitled to take long service leave (LSL) at any time after completing 7 years of continuous employment with one employer (notwithstanding that they are on unpaid parental leave). Note, an employee’s employment will remain ‘continuous’ for the purpose of LSL despite taking paid or unpaid parental leave.